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This morning, I downloaded the latest Bob Dylan album from the iTunes Store. I had pre-ordered it, and the album was 27 tracks, plus an additional "bonus" track. But when I checked in my iTunes library, the 27 tracks and the bonus track were listed as two separate albums. I first changed the album name of the bonus track's album (it was slightly different), but they were still two separate albums, even with the same album name.

I tried fixing other tags: if any tags are different, iTunes may list the albums as different, in spite of their having the same name. What finally resolved the problem was deleting the Sort Artist and Sort Album Artist tags. (Select all the tracks, press Command-I, then click the Sorting tab; remove the check mark in the boxes next to Sort Artist and Sort Album Artist.) This fixed the problem. The cause was most likely a different name in one of those boxes (since I had selected multiple items, it didn't show if there was a difference; I could have checked first, but didn't.)

In any case, if you've normalized all your visible tags and albums still don't stay together, try checking the Sorting tags. You won't see them in iTunes, but iTunes uses them to sort and organize albums.
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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: morespace54 on Oct 07, '08 07:47:10AM

You could also check to see if any of the two albums are listed as "part of a compilation". I had that problem before and it turn out that the bonus album was set as a compilation but not the regular one...



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: alpayerturkmen on Oct 07, '08 07:59:05AM

I had a similar problem when the "year" attribute of the songs were different although their album names were the same. Fixed by changing the year though.



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: kirkmc on Oct 07, '08 10:16:24AM

Yes, that's something I've seen at times. But I have the browser set to list compliations, and, since in this particular case "Dylan" is a genre, I saw right away that compilation wasn't the problem.

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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: sd on Oct 07, '08 09:18:15AM

I have never understood how to use these "Sort ___" tags. If someone could give me some light...



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: PancakeMan on Oct 07, '08 10:22:54AM
Using Sort fields in iTunes
Authored by: Dr. T on Oct 07, '08 11:50:39AM

Sort tags allow you to display "Billy Joel" or "Sheryl Crow" while the music sorts as "Joel, Billy" and "Crow, Sheryl." You can also do this when composer is important. Your classical music composers may be displayed as just Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, but you can sort them as "Bach, Johann Sebastian," "Beethoven, Ludwig van," and "Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus."

Sort Album can be useful when you have a bunch of albums named "Greatest Hits" and you want to sort them as "Monkee's Greatest Hits," "Pretenders' Greatest Hits," "The Who's Greatest Hits," etc.

I haven't found a good use for Sort Name, since iTunes commonly ignores leading articles (a, an, the) when sorting by song name. However, if you want to ignore prepositions (among, between, by, in, near, of, on, up, upon, etc.), then you can use the Sort Name fields to do so.



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Using Sort fields in iTunes
Authored by: boxcarl on Oct 07, '08 02:06:59PM
It's useful if you speak Japanese and want song names to display in English characters but sort according to the Japanese version of alphabetical order.

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Using Sort fields in iTunes
Authored by: joelbruner on Oct 07, '08 02:15:33PM

Or for sorting an artist that uses aliases like: Aphex Twin/AFX/Polygon Window/Richard D. James -- this whole alias thing is popular with the kids these days :)



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 07, '08 01:22:02PM

The best thing to do is to get a track with the correct sort album data and then choose "Apply Sort Field" in the contextual menu (right or control-click) for either that field or all fields.



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: boxcarl on Oct 07, '08 02:11:23PM

Even better, you can use the sort order to combine two album names as being under one album listing. So, leave the album name of the second disk as "Bob Dylan Album Bonus Material" but changed the sort album name to "Bob Dylan Album" and they'll all be listed together.

Another use for the sort fields is to make sure that "Lisa Loeb" and "Lisa Loeb and the Nine Stories" are listed under the same artist. Just have them both sort as "Lisa Loeb" and they'll combine in the artist list.



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: doneitner on Oct 07, '08 04:40:42PM

Great hint, works well for some "Greatest Hits" albums I have.

But now the big question -- does anyone know how to do this for podcasts? I've got a couple podcasts which have changed their feeds over the years and I've got a couple of saved episodes in each feed. Setting all the fields the same (album, artist, album artist, year, etc.) has not helped.



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: Bronco46 on Oct 07, '08 09:08:38PM

I had a similar problem with iTunes with a Nascar subscription. I would start by going to get info on the tracks that don't match and take screen shots of the info under the sort tab and then compare it to the album (or what ever the largest group is) and see if the info matches. If it doesn't that should be changed so they match and this should group them together.
If that doesn't work check info tab and be sure all that info matches, including the genre.



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: TGV on Oct 08, '08 12:11:16AM

When one of the fields stays empty when you've selected multiple items, means that there was either no text in it or that the texts were different. So that implies almost for sure that the albums were not identical because of different information in these fields.



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: AcidicPassion on Mar 22, '09 06:23:11PM

If none of this stuff works for you as it didn't for me, then here's what I did to finally get my albums to merge. Check everything they told you to check, then highlight all your songs and change the album to something [anything] such as 'apple'. Then they're all listed together. Then you can change the album again to whatever you need it to be and it will list them as the same album. =)



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: pt2k3 on Dec 28, '09 03:09:22PM

I had the same "problem" and found that if I select all the songs I want to combine into one album, then use Get Info and set the flag "Part of a compilation" to YES, all the selected songs are combined into one album. Using this, you can in fact combine everything into one "My BIG Album" album, saving a lot of fiddling around with album artwork :-)



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: jocamero on Jul 04, '10 04:25:10PM

Your suggestion worked perfectly; thanks!



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Combine split albums in iTunes
Authored by: devtom5 on Jul 04, '10 06:04:44PM

thanks for that



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